Being famous in Nigeria or anywhere else is no longer a question of how talented one is or the hard work put in to achieve such feat, most famous people around today do or did little or nothing to get such recognition.
Some of those who did something followed the rather unconventional and questionable ways. This leaves just a sizable number of people who actually realized fame through integrity and merit.
This article however does not explore the actions of this select number of people – whose how-to-get-to-the-top stories are cliches that we all know.
In lieu of that, other ways to achieve fame would be considered, particularly because it seems these ways easily and quickly get one famous.
So lets get to it. Here are ways to achieve fame in Nigeria.
Launder money (we don’t advise this option)
Money laundering has been instrumental in making people famous, especially those in politics, and indeed other industries.
As it is something we don’t suggest you try, you could alternatively make it a prank. That is, leak information about embezzling money (meanwhile you are innocent), all to get you in the spotlight.
I’m quite sure that the likes of Otedola, Faruk Lawan, the bank chief, and other public figures we all clearly know today wouldn’t have had such exposure without money laundering.
Another alternative is to honestly spend the money meant for projects on those projects alone. For one, you’d be making a difference and being different since it is public knowledge that almost all Nigerian politicians are the same – looters. Therefore, towing a faithful path would attract widespread admiration and recognition.
Post x-rated materials
I once heard a rap song by the famous lyricist, Mode 9 where he maintained that at the rate people download his song, it’s almost like it is porn they are downloading.
On the surface you might not suspect anything but when you look at it critically, you’ll understand the kind of exaggerated attention that sex related contents attract.
It is no news that immorality or being openly sexy has become the other of the day, and those who actively engage in it get more views. Why do you think female movie stars, models, musicians etc, are always looking to expose one part of their body?
It means more views and more news for people to chew on and comment. How about the likes of Afrocandy and her partner in crime, Maheeda, there’s hardly anybody who owns an internet-enabled phone that does not know them. You can easily become famous by being like them.
It is even pretty easy in these climes where such flagrant show of feminine anatomy is like a taboo, hence it attracts widespread criticism, and of course, secret admirers.
Do bad (good) music
My definition of bad music includes having a fantastic and danceable beat accompanying poor and unimpressive lyrics.
Surprisingly, it is these types of songs that appeal to a vast majority of Nigerian music lovers. Off the top of my head I can give you a good number of songs which if they had been released in the U.S for example, the musician would have no other choice but to quit music altogether, owing to the harsh criticisms that are sure to pour out.
But things are different here, and so the chance to be famous with this kind of music is also here. Seize the opportunity like a sister in the industry did, I believe her name sounds like Ton-to.
Get fans on social media
So I have this friend on social media, she’s what you can refer to as beauty and brains. Now I do not know about any living male body that does not like such a combination.
Actually, girls fancy her too. Everyday she puts up pictures of herself with catchy comments to go with. Each of those pictures rake in over a 100 likes and comments, and the number keeps increasing.
Believe it or not, this young girl (not above 20) is famous in her own way. And I am pretty sure that that is just her starting point.
You have a phone, and you want to get famous but you haven’t realized that that device could be all you need to. Like this young lady, you can create your own reality show on Facebook, infuse rich and regular content, and fans topple one another for a closer pick at you.
Look at all these artists, there is always news about some baby mama somewhere who eventually gets recognized. Who says you can’t be one of them?
You could go from being just a face in a music video to being a permanent phase in the video of the artist’s life; you could go from being just a model to a well recognized and famous model, not because you’re the most beautiful but because you are the one with the baby bump.
I need not begin to expound on how to go about this, I believe my Nollywood brothers have done a lot already in this regard.
Whether it is money you want or fame or security from whatever circumstance, clinging to someone who has it is not criminal, it is common sense.
Whatever method you choose to work with, ensure it is something you would look back on and be proud of. Don’t make any drastic actions that endanger your life or that of others just to be famous.
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